On Monday, the spokesman of the Yemeni army forces, Brigadier general Yahya Saree, held a press conference in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, in which he revealed the the number of the defensive retaliated operations accomplished by the Yemeni army forces ,violations by the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, its paid fighters on ground in the province of Hodeidah, as well as the statistics of the fatal operations by the coalition on Yemen during 2018.
Army forces spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said that ther forces carried out more than 689 offensive operations during the year 2018, and also shot down 42 combat aircraft and reconnaissance drone.
As for the operations of the air force unit, the operations amounted to 38 operations, 28 of which targeted the forces of the Saudi-led coaltion and paid fighters inside Yemen, while the other 10 operations were conducted on facilities and military gatherings outside Yemen, specifically in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The official military senior pointed out that one of the most important achievements accomplished by the Air Force was the revealing of the long-ranged combat UAV, “al-Samad-2”, as well as the “al-Samad-3” which were used in an operation that targeted Dubai International Airport on July 18, followed by another two operations on the same airport but on different dates.
The spokesman explained that there were several successful joint operations between the air force, artillery and rocket units, but did not give a specific number.
The operations of the missile force exceeded 100 operations with more than 131 ballistic missiles, launched in batches or single. 33 rockets fired at the forces, forces under the ranks of the coalition within the homeland, 98 rockets were directed on the Saudi-led forces and mercenaries in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
In the case of anti-armor units, 694 UAE-Saudi armored, ordinary military vehicles were destroyed, 310 of them were equipped with military equipment and carrying mercenaries, 280 armored vehicles; in addition to the targeting of a Saudi Apache helicopter.
As for the naval Yemeni forces, the spokesman revealed, over 2018, 6 operations were implemented, including the targeting of UAE warships and other coalition boats. Additionally, an operation on the UAE occupied port of Mukhaa and another on deep inside the Saudi kingdom, which targeted the Mina’a border guards port in Jizan.
The total number of operations carried out by the ground artillery unit during the year, excluding December, was 1911.
Heading to the Yemeni unit concerned with mines and explosives, it succeeded in executing 1320 operations, which destroyed 1618 military mechanisms, most of which were carrying mercenaries.
As for sniping operations, the total number of sniping operations reached 7148 operations on different fronts. Coalition losses were by sniping reached 292 Saudi soldiers and officers on the fronts of Najran, Jizan, and Assir, in addition to 48 Sudanese paid fighters on various fronts. The number of local mercenaries who were killed by sniper bullets was 6633, including leaders.
The sniper unit also succeeded in damaging 14 vehicles, 10 operations against the coalition snipers, the targeting of 92 military vehicles, 9 of which resulted in the burning of these vehicles, and the destruction of 5 machineguns.
“For the fourth year, our forces are fighting different and multinational military formations, including tens of thousands of local and foreign mercenaries from several countries,” the spokesman emphasized.
He also stressed that the coalition supports al-Qaeda and ISIS and that the Saudi aggression sponsored secret intelligence operations to transport hundreds of elements of these groups from Syria through an Arab country, not named, the most recent was this week.
The Violations of the agreement despite the cease-fire in Hodeidah province
Spokesman of the Yemeni army Brigadier General Yahya Sarei on Tuesday said that coalton forces and their pad fghters committed 1,924 breaches of the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah province since its declaration until Monday evening.
“The violations represented in launching of 79 various missiles and 1,276 artillery shells, as well as 215 breaches by firing from medium and light weapons,” the spokesman elaborated in a press conference he held in the capital Sanaa.
The breaches also included 35 acts of establishing military positions, 183 movements and reinforcements, 13 attempts of infiltration and advance, and 122 sorties of warplanes, reconnaissance planes and Apaches in the airspace of Hodeidah.
During the press conference, Sarei reviewed videos and aerial photos of the daily attacks by the enemy on citizens’ homes and farms in a number of areas in Hodeidah, referring to the human causalities and destruction left by those attacks.
On the army operations, Sarei said that the army forces carried out 73 military operations over the past seven days, including 40 operations of repelling infiltration attempts, 10 offensives, eight incursions, and 15 various operations in several fronts.
He expressed regret for the continuation of the siege and aggression against the Yemeni people since the beginning of the truce.
“There is a great escalation on many fronts,” he said. “Our forces face the escalation by escalation and we have many options, but our concern for peace is a priority.”
He confirmed the army forces continue to develop the defense capability and that there are new missile systems would enter the battle, adding that the work is underway to develop other weapons.
The legal center for rights and development announced on Tuesday the latest accurate statistics of the crimes of the coalition countries in the killing of innocent citizens.
The Center said that the fighters jets and artillery of coalition and its warships had killed 1733 civilians and wounded 2057 others as the outcome of the crimes of aggression in Yemen for 2018.
The center added that 966 men, 492 women and 275 children were killed while 1303 men. 397 women and 357 children were wounded.
Alarming statistics of deadly diseases in Yemen
A report issued on Monday by the Yemeni Ministry of Health revealed that more than 600,000 cases of malaria were registered during 2018 in several provinces of Yemen headed by Hodeidah which is the most affected area by malaria, followed by Hajjah and Taiz provinces.
According to a United Nations’s report issued last September, a Yemeni child dies every 10 minutes because of malnutrition or other diseases.
The report indicated that at least 15 women die every day at delivery for several reasons, where the siege and the war, for four years, are the most important ones.
The report pointed out that about 44913 cases of Maltese fever recorded in Dhamar and Sana’a were among the most affected, other 28031 cases of dengue fever , and the number of cases of rabies exceeded 6900 cases, the province of Dhamar top listed the countries most affected by this disease, then comes the province of Ibb, amid the lack of medicines for the disease.
It pointed out that leishmaniasis has infected about 4742 cases during the past year, and more than 24871 people were infected with schistosomiasis, Hajjah came at the top list then Saada province.
The report pointed out that 493 death cases because of acute watery diarrhea “cholera” and the 361266 infectious cases in different provinces, and the 3103 infectious cases of diphtheria, 178 of them died, while 4002 people were infected with tuberculosis.
The report mentioned the spread of smallpox came back again in 2018, more than it was previously, infecting 36,672 citizens, mostly children, as well as the injury of 32811 citizens with mumps disease “parotiditis.”
It also pointed out that the number of meningitis cases was more than 2576, and neonatal tetanus exceeded 122, while the number of hepatitis B and C was 5091 cases, other 14231 cases of hepatitis A and E, as well as 73654 cases of pertussis.
The report added that measles affected 24,132 cases, mostly children, while the number of cases of typhoid was 240208 cases.
The report recorded that the number of cases of seasonal influenza was 16269 cases, and more than 2254714 cases related to the upper respiratory tract, other 940318 cases related to the lower respiratory system.
The report concluded mentoning this statistic is only for those who have been referred to hospitals and health centres, and their condition has been monitored, noting that there are other dozens were unable to go to hospitals for several reasons, the most important one is the poor financial situation suffered by the Yemeni citizen since coalition transferred Yemen’s bank from Sana’a to Aden.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.